The Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) is pleased to announce that they have hired Jonathan Holth as their Interim President & CEO. Holth is the co-owner of The Toasted Frog restaurants in downtown Fargo, Grand Forks, and Bismarck. He is the co-founder of the Grand Forks Downtown Development Association, and served as their Board President for three years. Additionally, he previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Business Association in Bismarck. Most recently, he has served as a consultant for a number of cities in the region focusing on downtown initiatives, nonprofit organizational structure, and entrepreneurship. He recently cochaired the Grand Forks Mayor’s Downtown Vibrancy Initiative, resulting in a 34-page document that sets the stage for the future of downtown Grand Forks. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards in Grand Forks, including EvolveGF, an entrepreneurship advocacy organization, and the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation.
“Jonathan brings a unique set of skills that we feel fits perfectly into our needs as we move forward as an organization. As a small business owner, downtown advocate, nonprofit leader, and sought-after speaker and consultant, he brings an excellent blend of perspectives that can help us continue to grow and thrive”, said Tim Flakoll, the DCP’s board chair. “Downtown Fargo not only has a great history, but an amazing future ahead of it and our board is excited to have him joining us as a leader to build on our momentum.”
Holth will begin in his role immediately. “The future of Downtown Fargo is incredibly bright, and the DCP plays a critical role in that future. This organization has a rich history and an exciting road ahead. I’m honored to be a part of it, and I’m looking forward to working with the board, the staff, the members, and people throughout the community to build meaningful relationships that will help the DCP continue to be successful”, Holth said.
Flakoll said that the board still plans to conduct a national search for a permanent President and CEO in the future. “Bringing Jonathan on board allows us to continue our organizational initiatives and then focus on that search”, he said. “With all of the great things on the horizon for Downtown Fargo, the DCP is well-positioned to work with its members to continue making Downtown Fargo a destination in itself with a spectrum of opportunities for people of all ages, interests and tastes.”